Archive for Apr 28, 2009

Sony Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones revealed

Sony Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones revealed

If you're in the market for a new pair of headphones, you might just be interested in these latest offerings from Sony called the DR-BT100CX and the DR-BT101, which offer Bluetooth 2.1 and noise-cancellation technology.

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Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema systems get updates

Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema systems get updates

Epson announced their Ensemble HD home cinema systems will be getting an update today. Specifically, the systems will now feature 3LCD projectors and receive new monikers:  the PowerLite Home Cinema 6100 and the Home Cinema 6500 UB.

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Reminder: Slacker Radio Plus giveaway!

Don't forget, SlashGear and Slacker are giving away a full year's subscription to Slacker Radio Plus to one lucky reader.  Entering is simple and free, and the winner will get advert-free access to Slacker's catalog of over two-million tracks on their BlackBerry, iPhone or iPod touch!  In fact you can use the Slacker service as your own personal jukebox, as Radio Plus subscribers get unlimited song requests.  To find out how to enter, head over here!

Dell Studio One 19 multitouch all-in-one gets US & Euro launch

Dell Studio One 19 multitouch all-in-one gets US & Euro launch

Dell's all-in-one multitouch desktop, the Dell Studio One 19, is now officially available in the US and Europe.  Launched in Japan back in March, the Studio One 19 is based on Intel's Pentium, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processor ranges, with standard NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics and optional GeForce 9400.

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Microsoft Vine: “It’s time to get into the bunker”

Microsoft Vine: “It’s time to get into the bunker”

Microsoft have launched a new service which aims to keep groups of friends and family updated and located during periods of crisis.  Eighteen months in development, Microsoft Vine is a system that integrates local news with status updates from Facebook, presented in a desktop client, by text message or by email.  The concept is that local emergencies can be quickly spotted and then group-wide alerts sent out, with users "checking in" to report that they're safe.

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Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Rovio Fire Extinguisher mod

Sentry robots like WowWee's Rovio are all well and good - wandering around your house while you're away, and allowing you to log-in remotely and make sure nothing amiss is taking place - but they generally fall short when it comes to actually dealing with a problem.  That was the starting point for RoboCommunity member Colt45, who hacked his Rovio into a remote fire extinguisher.

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Acer AspireRevo gets reviewed: Ion good, Atom bad

Acer AspireRevo gets reviewed: Ion good, Atom bad

Acer's AspireRevo nettop has been causing ripples since its existence first leaked, bundling a low-power Intel Atom processor with NVIDIA's HD-capable Ion GPU and promising 1080p from something smaller than an external DVD drive.  Engadget have had the diminutive desktop in for review, and describe it as "a tale of two chips".

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Samsung I7500 gets video hands-on: amazing AMOLED

Samsung I7500 gets video hands-on: amazing AMOLED

Video of the Samsung I7500 Android phone has emerged, showing off just how impressive an AMOLED display can be.  The 11.9mm-thick smartphone is not set to arrive in Europe until June, but that hasn't stopped one lucky tester from flaunting his own pre-production handset.

Samsung I7500 video demo after the cut

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Upcoming Averatec 10-inch netbook may use Android

Upcoming Averatec 10-inch netbook may use Android

Averatec are developing a new netbook that is "a merger of cellphone and PC technology", prompting speculation that the company will use Android as the budget ultraportable's OS.  Company CEO Tae-Hyun "Tiger" Cho has described the OS as "a surprise" and would neither confirm nor deny the Android rumors; the Averatec netbook will reach the market in August or September 2009.

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Ex-ATI GPU designer hired by Apple

Ex-ATI GPU designer hired by Apple

Apple have hired an ex-ATI graphics chip designer, Bob Drebin, and while the specific department he will be placed in is unknown, Drebin's background as CTO of ATI's product group makes it a sensible guess that he's helming a GPU project.  Drebin was responsible for leading GPU engineering at ATI since 2000, while before that he was a product developer at Silicon Graphics and ArtX; while at the latter, he worked on the "Flipper" GPU that was used in Nintendo's GameCube.

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HTC Magic unboxed on video

HTC Magic unboxed on video

The first HTC Magic handsets are finding their way into the hands of excitable Germany early-adopters this week, after Vodafone surprised us all by launching the Android smartphone there ahead of their much-publicized UK release.  SlashGear's friend Sascha is one of the first to get their hands on the commercial release, and he's shot an unboxing video to sate our needs for vicarious gadget fulfillment.

Video unboxing after the cut

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ATI Radeon HD 4770 launched: $99 bargain

ATI Radeon HD 4770 launched: $99 bargain

AMD have announced the ATI Radeon HD 4770, the first desktop graphics card to use 40nm manufacturing processes.   A PCI Express 2.0 x16 card, the Radeon HD 4770 offers DirectX 10.1 support and uses GDDR5 memory, despite having a roughly $100 price-tag.

 

Video overview of the HD 4770 after the cut

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